Any sense of pleasure felt by Tyrrell Hatton on account of the brand new golf season did not final lengthy. The Englishman, maybe already irked that the Abu Dhabi Championship moved from the golf membership bearing the identical title after he received there 12 months in the past, fired a fairly epic volley in the direction of the 18th hole at Yas Hyperlinks after delivering a quadruple bogey 9 there on Saturday.
“It should be one of many worst par fives that I’ve ever seen in my life and, during the last two days, I’ve clearly performed it about in addition to it was designed,” stated Hatton, who took seven there on Friday.
“It’s simply actually irritating. I assumed I performed fairly good yesterday and was undecided how I managed to shoot 77. I actually needed to exit as we speak and make amends and I performed so good. I’m six beneath for 13 holes, I’ve acquired all of the photographs again and extra after which we get to the 18th.”
Certainly, at six beneath par earlier than his final hole woes, Hatton was at least in rivalry to efficiently defend his title. The 54-hole lead, held by Scott Jamieson, is 11 beneath.
Pressed on what exactly is fallacious with the 18th, Hatton was not of a thoughts to again down. “What’s fallacious with it? The place do you begin?” he requested. “It shouldn’t have a bunker in the center of the golf green and it shouldn’t be over 600 yards from a ahead tee. In case you hit an excellent drive as a professional you must have at least an opportunity to go for the inexperienced in two, in any other case the hole turns into a par three [after the first two shots] and that’s for those who play it properly. Hardly anybody will get there in two as we speak.
“I can’t bear in mind the final time I acquired a 9, I definitely haven’t had one which I can recall as a professional. I used to be most likely about 14 the final time it occurred.”
Hatton had discovered the bunker in query from the tee however from a nasty lie subsequently needed to play on to the tenth fairway. He then hit into water, needed to take a drop into cabbage from the place he regarded the ball as “principally unplayable”. He ended up in a greenside bunker, took two to get out and the identical variety of putts.
On issues extra constructive, Jamieson’s benefit is by one from Shane Lowry and Thomas Pieters. “It will be huge, a sport changer to win a event of this stature,” stated Jamieson, the world No 336. “There’s positively been some nice champions right here however there’s an terrible lengthy strategy to go.”
Lowry is searching for a primary win for the reason that 2019 Open. He had troubles of his personal at the final after confusion between he and his caddie about the place an strategy shot needs to be aimed. Lowry at least saved par. “We had been aiming at the HSBC signal however his one was 30 yards proper of the one I used to be trying at,” Lowry defined. “New course, I assumed I hit an ideal shot. I couldn’t consider it got here down the place it did. It was a nasty mistake to make as a result of we shouldn’t be doing it in that state of affairs. I acquired very fortunate, it might have been a distinct story. I’m undecided I’d be standing right here if that’s the case, I is likely to be sitting in the locker room sulking.”